Archive for February, 2009
Thanks to the fact that our master bedroom has a huge floor length mirror (a surprise wedding gift from John so I could see myself before walking out the back door to get hitched)…
… the second mirror to the right of the bedroom door seemed a bit superfluous.
So we seized the opportunity to replace it with one of our homemade botanical prints in an inexpensive Ikea frame. I like it so much that I want another frame to hang right under it with a different botanical on display. But I’ll have to wait for our next Ikea trip…
We intentionally sized our homemade botanicals to fit into these great square Ikea frames for a luxe look on the cheap. There’s nothing like a leaf on the wall to remind you to leaf all your worries behind. Ok, so that’s a stretch, but it really is super serene. A bit of nature does a bedroom good, and it’s especially convenient when you don’t even have to water it.
Maybe it’s the bulbs poking through our flowerbeds or the forsythia starting their annual show, but I also decided to swap out the art over my desk for something a little less glacial. We took the existing photo on our Alaskan honeymoon (snapped from the window of a tiny sea plane as we flew over a glacier covered in volcanic ash). Needless to say it’s one of our favorite images from the trip, but spring fever has me chasing something a bit more tropical…
What about you guys? Does spring fever have you switching out accessories or art in your home? What sort of seasonal things do you do to usher in the warmer weather? Dish the spring-is-on-the-way dirt.
We added our den’s corner office area to the room-by-room source guide (found in a link on the top of our House Tour page) so you can now see where we snagged everything from those boxes and tins to our desk and our lamp.
Ready for more free stuff? Do I even need to ask?
This week’s giveaway comes from Shades of Light, a local specialty lighting and decor store whose wide selection of products have been featured everywhere from Cottage Living to Coastal Living and even on decor8. And if you live here in Richmond, you’ve probably driven by their location on Broad St. across from Willow Lawn. We actually bumped into them most recently at a local blogging event, where we learned that they’ve started an Inspired Spaces blog which features expert insights on lighting your home, as well as great before & after pictures of their design projects.
Shades of Light offers a wide selection of styles (vintage, classic, contemporary, etc) across a wide variety of items (lamps, chandeliers, pendants, rugs, mirrors and even furniture) which you can browse in their store, online and by catalog. But this week we’re giving away their exclusive natural-meets-elegant bamboo table lamp to one lucky winner, who will get to choose between the silver one and the black one pictured below.
To enter the contest just comment on this post with the words “LIGHT ME UP” by Wednesday, February 25th at 8pm EST. While you’re at it tell us what else makes you light up with excitement (chocolate? weekends? chihuahuas?). This prize is available to residents of the lower 48 United States and, as usual, there’s only one entry per e-mail address allowed. One winner will be selected using random.org and announced later in the week. Good luck…
It looks like I’m not the only one with a penchant for white ceramic animals. I just cracked open my new copy of Thom Filicia Style (I highly recommend it by the way- so inspiring!) and noticed a bit of a theme. Dude, the guy has a white ceramic eagle console table base! And a giant white faux gazelle head mounted on the wall! And another giant ceramic eagle for a desk accessory. And a ornery little ceramic bull on a coffee table.
It was a revelation. Thom loves ceramic animals too. In fact, I spotted at least 14 different varieties (!) throughout the gorgeously designed pages of his book. That’s gotta be a record or something. And of course we can’t forget the famous Nate Berkus ceramic rhino (possibly this $3480 version right here) that pops up in his portfolio all the time. You know, the one that inspired my recent Valentine’s Day rhino from zgallerie (for just a bit less)?
We picked up this handsome pooch for just $29 at HomeGoods last March (around $436 cheaper than this almost identical version from Perch). It was love at first sight.
And two years ago we snagged this white iron bull for $25 at a flea market in North Carolina. He even gets festive Christmas ornament earrings every December. If that’s not love I don’t know what is.
Maybe we should start a Facebook group. Or host a ceramic animal meet and greet. Oh my goodness, how weird would that be? At least we don’t have names for them. So what about you guys? Is there anything that you love to collect? From milk glass to Disney paraphernalia, we wanna know what you happily hoard.
Click here for another ceramic animal that really gets my heart pumping. Too bad he’s $525.